Fostering Fortnight: A special relationship that can change a future

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Do you have what it takes to offer a stable home to a child whose family cannot look after them?

If you’re interested in fostering and making a real difference in a young person’s life, get in touch with Harrow Council this Fostering Fortnight.

The theme this year is changing futures, which is something Harrow foster carer Denise Absolam is proud to say she has achieved - not only for the 19 youngsters who have passed through her care over ten years but also for herself.

The mother of two, 50, said: “My duty is to make each child comfortable and happy and to feel love. I’m their safety net and their voice - and I give them whatever they need to grow and achieve.

“Many come to me believing they don’t have anyone fighting their battles. They think I will turn my back on them - but the struggle that is theirs is mine too. It’s a very special and important relationship and I keep in touch with each of them.

“I help change their lives for the better – and they change mine too. Fostering is rewarding and has strengthened me in different ways. My resilience has grown. I’m strong when a child presents a behaviour that can be hard to manage. I earn their trust, cope well and deal with it in an appropriate way. I keep in touch with each of the children I have looked after – and can’t wait to help more.”

Fostering involves looking after a child or children who cannot be looked after by their family for a period of time in your own home. There is a comprehensive training programme, generous allowances paid and plenty of support available.

Fostering Fortnight, a national awareness campaign run by The Fostering Network, runs from 13th to 26th May and is the UK’s biggest foster care event.

Cllr Christine Robson, Portfolio Holder for Young People and Schools, said: “Foster carers have the power to change someone’s life for the better. And, as Denise proves, the journey works both ways.

“During Fostering Fortnight in Harrow we celebrate all those already immersed in the role and look forward to welcoming anyone else who wants to make a very big difference to the borough’s children in need. It’s challenging and rewarding – and we can’t do it without you.”

There are 56 fostering households in Harrow and around 165 looked-after children.

At least 6,800 new foster families will be needed across the UK next year to provide stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of fostered children, according to figures from The Fostering Network.

If you would like to find out more about being a foster carer, call us on Freephone 0800 064 1000, or email fpuduty@harrow.gov.uk  for more information. You can also find more information on this website.